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Here's what’s new at Perkins for Fall 2007

When you log in to www.library.duke.edu, you see one of the most significant changes that occurred at the Duke Libraries over the summer—the launch of a redesigned website, where you can: 

•search the catalog, articles, ejournals from homepage
•go to resources of all the campus libraries' from the homepage
•use standard navigation throughout site

The new website design is based in large part on information faculty and students gave library staff in focus groups and usability studies as well as feedback from a “redesign” blog.  Send your comments and suggestions about the new website to library-digital-projects@duke.edu.

At Perkins, floors 2-4 are closed for renovation and the books have moved. Many are now in high-density shelving on the completely renovated and reconfigured lower floor 2 (formerly the sub-basement).  To get to lower floor 2, use the elevator or the stairs in the gateway entrance to Perkins (across from Bostock).  On lower floor 2 you will also find informal seating areas and group study rooms.
The books that are not on lower floor 2 of Perkins are on the fourth floor of Bostock. All of the books, in both locations, have Library of Congress (LC) call numbers.  However, some Perkins volumes still have Dewey numbers because they need special attention before they can be reclassified. If you find a record in the online catalog for a book with a Dewey call number, please use the request link in the catalog record so library staff may retrieve it for you.  The reclassification project continues at other campus libraries. 

Another summer move at the library brought the Data and GIS Services (http://library.duke.edu/data) staff, Joel Herndon and Mark Thomas, from the third floor of Bostock to the first floor of Perkins where they are setting up a Data/GIS service point diagonally behind the Perkins Reference desk. Software reference manuals and data and geospatial collections are already in place, and by the middle of the semester, the Data/GIS cluster will also offer eight dedicated terminals loaded with the latest GIS and statistical software (SAS, SPSS, Stata, ArcGIS). Perkins Library extends special thanks to the Economics Department for helping to fund the expansion of the data cluster as well as providing financial support for an Economics TA who will assist researchers using data resources at the library.

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Posted 21 August 2007

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